I’ve been really focused on school and my summer courses lately that I haven’t been thinking to post here. One of my courses is focused on animal protection. It has been difficult at times, and I struggle a bit with some of the more upsetting content.
These courses have been forcing me to take better care of myself mentally. I would like to get to a point where I can learn how to better practice self-care and share some of what I learn with others who are going through similar things (especially for activists and social justice and humane educators).
Maybe this topic might start coming up in future blog posts here.
This past week, on Tuesday, I visited Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary in Norton, Massachusetts. I was hoping that being around animals who are well taken care of and have been rescued would make me feel better. I felt the most connection with the pigs (even though they are one of the few animals there you are unable to pet or touch there, I still felt a strong connection when we looked at each other, for whatever reason, and didn’t want to stop looking at them). I also enjoyed interacting with several of many of the cats that reside there, the goats (I have a fondness for goats), and the donkeys and/or mules let me brush off some of their loose hairs. There were signs there that taught me about the difference between a donkey and a mule, but I’m actually not exactly sure how to identify each animal. My friend who was there with me was able to get the attention of a sheep who enjoyed his brushing. There were also emu and many other different types of birds, alpacas, dogs, horses, and more that I did not see as much of.
Here are some of my photos.
The emu with a goat in the background
This cat liked to sit and watch a turkey
This pig watched me for awhile
This goat was curious about my phone. I probably shouldn’t have tried to take a selfie and focused more on taking pictures of the animals themselves. I was trying to be present mostly and not worry about taking photos most of the time though.
Anyways, it was a good time and very relaxing. Here is a link to the sanctuary’s website: http://www.winslowfarm.com/